Chobani has brought its Creations Bar concept to Woolworths Metro Bondi Junction in Sydney. First launched in the US, the self serve bar within Woolworths’ smaller express format is the first by the brand to open in the Australian convenience channel.

In the US, the bars are mainly located in food service areas, in particular college canteens. The Creations Bar operates in three sizes – small, medium and large– with the medium-sized format on display at Woolworths Metro.

The bar is able to showcase up to three or four recipes, using Chobani ingredients. There are currently two recipes on display at Bondi Junction – pineapple granola and strawberry cheesecake.

Lyn Radford, Chobani’s general manager of sales and category, told C&I Week the company will look to roll out more bars, with Bondi Junction already generating social media buzz among consumers, once it has bedded down the concept in its Sydney store.

“At the moment we’re just trying to get the original concept right. There are a few changes we need to make to the messaging on the bar to make it easier for customers to understand. Once that’s right, there’s nothing stopping us from rolling out more,” Ms Radford said.

The yoghurt maker opened its first standalone bricks and mortar store in New York’s Soho in 2012, where Ms Radford says the local bar takes inspiration from.

Chobani eyes expansion in dip category 

Earlier this month Chobani launched into Australia’s $250 million category with the release of its high protein dip range, Chobani Meze Dips.

The lauch was the brand’s first foray into the dip category globally, with the range free from preservatives, artificial colours and artificial flavours.

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